Una Adventura en España Past Review

By (Spanish Ed, University of Wisconsin - River Falls) - abroad from 01/14/2015 to 05/01/2015 with

UW-Platteville Education Abroad at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education (SAIIE)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I discovered that I have a long way to go in learning Spanish but that I can do it and everyone hits barriers while learning a new language. I feel that this was a very worthwhile experience and it helped me learn and grow as a person.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I felt that we were challenged on a daily bases. Our courses reinforced what we were learning every time we walked outside. I felt that most of the teachers were very willing to answer questions and genuinely liked what they were teaching.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host mother was very nice and an amazing cook. She was always looking out for us and was interested in our activities and travels.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt like we could go out and do activities on our own, but I feel like it was really difficult getting to know the locals and that we were kind of separate from the native people/speakers.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Food on the weekends ended up being costly especially if you also want souvenirs.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100.00
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save as much money as you can before you get there and do your bests to set a budget for yourself each week (not including travels to other countries) and stick with it.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Fifth semester college Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Go out and speak to anyone and everyone in the native language of the country. Try to make native speaking friends as well.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Freedom to travel
  • Teachers that were willing to help
  • Good support system
* What could be improved?
  • Information about the program ahead of time
  • Telling students about other extra costs
  • Listening to the students opinions more and actually considering them
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would've known that we were only with other American students and not any native ones.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!